I'm giving up on Clash of Clans after about 3-4 months. I could feel the moment coming where it was spend money or keep getting steamrolled.
I understand the mechanics of pay to win and they suck. They turn into chores if not set up properly.Pay to play is a better experience in the long run.
Here is my base as it finished. Note that the town hall is outside of the defenses. This is supposed to make for an easy win for those there for a victory... But still, my base gets rolled and rolled again.
Days of saving resources gone. You are reading that right... those upgrades, etc., take in the DAYS to finish. Sure you can certainly speed them up... if you pay real money.
I feel better that I haven't spent a cent on this game. If only there was a base building game like this or even better... Dwarf Fortress. I'd happily pay to play... not to win.